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Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198830788

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¥1,793
Author: 
Gary Gutting
Pages
168 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Sep 2019
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • Provides a wide-ranging but non-systematic treatment of some highlights of Foucault's life and thought
  • New edition includes feminist criticisms of Foucault's apparently sexist treatment of the Jouy case
  • Includes a new chapter offering a unified overview of the Collège de France lectures, now a major focus of interest in Foucault

    
Born in 1926 in France, Foucault is one of those rare philosophers who has become a cult figure. Over the course of his life he dabbled in drugs, politics, and the Paris SM scene, all whilst striving to understand the deep concepts of identity, knowledge, and power. From aesthetics to the penal system; from madness and civilisation to avant-garde literature, Foucault was happy to reject old models of thinking and replace them with versions that are still widely debated today. A major influence on Queer Theory and gender studies (he was openly gay and died of an AIDS-related illness in 1984), he also wrote on architecture, history, law, medicine, literature, politics, and of course philosophy. 
     
In this Very Short Introduction Gary Gutting presents a wide-ranging but non-systematic exploration of some highlights of Foucault's life and thought. Beginning with a brief biography to set the social and political stage, he then tackles Foucault's thoughts on literature, in particular the avant-garde scene; his philosophical and historical work; his treatment of knowledge and power in modern society; and his thoughts on sexuality. This new edition includes feminist criticisms of Foucault's apparently sexist treatment of the Jouy case, as well as a new chapter offering a unified overview of the Collège de France lectures, now a major focus of interest in Foucault. 

Index: 

1: Lives and works
2: Literature
3: Politics
4: Archaeology
5: Genealogy
6: The masked philosopher
7: Madness
8: Crime and punishment
9: Modern sex
10: Ancient sex
11: Foucault after Foucault
Further reading
Index

About the author: 

Gary Gutting is John A. O'Brien Chair in Philosophy (Emeritus) at the University of Notre Dame, and is considered a leading expert on Foucault. Since the first edition of the Foucault VSI was published he has written many books, including Thinking the Impossible: French Philosophy Since 1960 (OUP, 2011), and What Philosophers Know: Case Studies in Recent Analytic Philosophy (CUP, 2009).

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